Thursday, 29 December 2011

Focus.... focus... FOCUS

I've been attempting to update this blog for a few weeks now, but everytime I sit down and type something in, I feel like I'm slowly getitng in the zone and then - BAM! My mind goes blank and I feel like the wall of text in front of me just won't do for a blog post. I get lost in the middle of everything I'm trying to do.

2011 whizzed by as I tried to juggle and squeeze in everything I wanted to do. Maybe because deep down inside, I'm scared that the world might end next year and I didn't get to do what I wanted to do. I've been doing a lot of activities and I spent my year trying to hold on to everything. Trying to do everything. Maybe that's the reason why I can't blog properly. I'm trying to do so much that when I stop in the middle of my blogging just to check something, I totally loose my mojo.

To be honest, I have a lot of thoughts in my mind, contemplations about a lot of things that I'd love to put into writing, but just like with how my blogging streak is doing, the blogs haven't met my keyboard yet.

Maybe I'll find more time next year?

Friday, 12 August 2011

Will try to go 'No Poo' this weekend

It's not what you think. I will of course make my bowels moves over the weekend. No Poo means not using the regular, store-bought-chemically-induced shampoos available in the market today. No Poo means not using shampoos and use another more environment-friendly (and possibly more healthful) alternative for cleaning your hair.

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Save Your Body, Save Your Money, Save Your World

Looking for inspiration
I was scouring the net to find an inspiration for a green blog and I found a lot of articles, most of them are boring though, or, too informative. Too much information to make your mind stop working and just stare blankly at the screen.

Since green living is closely related to living healthy, I found my way into a lot of healthy living articles and dawdled with those for a few minutes (or maybe hours, I dunno). There was this article about drinking wat



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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

My Birthday gift wishlisht

This is the second time that I'm not too hyped with my birthday. Does this feeling come with age? Well, I don't dread growing old, in fact, I welcome the idea very much. Can't wait to be 25!

Anyway, it's probably because I know that birthdays now isn't how it used to be when I wasn't working yet. If I want a party, I have to spend for it. Since I rarely have money, I don't throw a party. I just ride with my mum's party. If she tells me to invite someone, I'd be glad to invite a few friends.

Also one big factor is the gifts. I know it's wrong to be materialistic, but there's something about ripping presents that's super duper extra satisfying. It makes me smile!!! :) Come to think of it, I don't mind what's inside the wrapper, I just want to rip out the paper and find something orange inside! Haha! I know it's not very environment friendly, but that paper is recyclable. I could turn it to craft paper or that paper trashcan that I've been meaning to make! Oh the possibilities!!!


Anyway, as the title suggests, here's a list of what I want to receive for my birthday:

  1. MONEY! If there's a person who would give this to me in a big package with lots of wrapping paper to tear, I'd be the happiest!
  2. Soldering iron
  3. Multimeter (tester)
  4. Star screwdrivers. The small ones, for electronic stuff, like opening cellphones!
  5. Orange backpack
  6. Long rectangular pillow. Like a flat hotdog pillow!
  7. Slippers
  8. Orange pens (not necessarily orange-inked)
  9. Magnets
  10. Picture frames
  11. Android phone/tab
  12. Arduino board
  13. Lego Mindstorms
  14. Lego blocks
  15. Orange measuring cups and spoons
  16. Orange spatulas
  17. Orange skin/silicon case/housing for my psp
  18. White leather cellphone case for my e63 + white housing
  19. Mitch Albom and Paulo Coelho books
  20. A hard-bound copy of HP1 and HP2 books
  21. A complete set of percy jackson books
  22. A complete set of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel books
  23. World Peace
  24. A greener earth!
Of course, no birthday of mine would be complete without my mum's famous spaghetti and chocolate cake fro Shoppersville :)















Seriously, it wouldn't be complete without it. I was crestfallen last year cause I had no shoppersville chocolate cake on my birthday. I almost cried! What I did was to just sleep so that my birthday would be over. *sniff* remembering it still makes me upset :(

Friday, 29 July 2011

Paper's Not Really Saving The World

Local Effort
Working in Ortigas Center has it's perks. Everything's near. Malls, fast food, restaurants and hospitals. Another perk is that you get to experience what Pasig City's boasting about. It's the "Green City" of Metro Manila.

Pasig city is now prohibiting QSRs (quick service restaurants and/or fast food chains) to use plastic bags for



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Thursday, 28 July 2011

My Calling - A Greener Earth

Small Things, BIG IMPACT
I've been trying to live "green" for the past years. I believe that even small efforts will someday amount to a BIG impact. It's like the concept of Pondo ng Pinoy (Fund of the Filipinos): Kahit maliit, basta't malimit ay patungong langit (Small things, when given constantly, is towards Heaven). Pondo ng Pinoy is a fundraiser project of the Catholic Church. It aims to gather funds from 25 centavo coins.

Like the Pondo ng Pinoy Project, I plan to do my part to help the earth be more sustainable. I may be just

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Saving the Earth and Keeping My Weight in Check - STAIRS

I've never been a fan of elevators. Escalators, sure, but not elevators. Something about enclosed spaces, being inches apart from people you don't know, and being buoyed up and down by some rope is scary for me; but since I started working, I've been using the elevator constantly. It still makes me light headed, but then I can

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Thursday, 7 July 2011

Going Green

I've always though of myself as being an environmentalist. I love nature and I do my part in helping preserve it. I feel that it's one of my missions in life. To help the earth sustain itself longer.

How I've helped
For years now, I've been helping in my own way, for a more sustainable environment. I've joined Earth Hour for 3 years already. I make it a point not to use plastic straws for my drinks, yes even for takeouts. Even if I'll drink the bevy during a car ride. No straws for me. As much as possible, I buy green eco bags when shopping, sometimes bring my own bag. When buying food (or anything actually), when I can carry the stuff


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Friday, 10 June 2011

Jollibee Longganissa Breakfast

I had a lot of time to kill this morning so I decided to eat breakfast somewhere to pass the time. I arrived at the office at 7am so naturally it's still closed. I can't sit on the floor cause I'm wearing a skirt so I had to go somewhere I can sit.

At first I wanted to go to 711 for a cheap breakfast, but realized that I wanted hot chocolate, so I dashed over to Jollibee Tycoon.

When I Got there, the place is already buzzing with early morning breakfasteers. Cool. So I'm not the only early person. Haha.

Anyway, Jollibee's breakfast menu comprises of traditional Filipino breakfast food (minus the plain pan de sal [de saw saw]). I love Jollibee's longganissa breakfast. So I ordered one, for dine in, with a hot chocolate and peach mango pie to boot. It cost me 112 Pesos. Bummer! So much for cheap breakfast! Haha! For 88 Pesos, you get to pieces of longganissa; a small, sunny side up, well done egg; and your choice of hot chocolate or pineapple juice, then the difference is a peach mango pie ;)



I'm a person who doesn't like eating longganissa, I hate how it tastes and how it feels like while chewing. I also hate how when I burp, it tastes like longganissa, no matter what you eat after. It's a sickening taste and feeling; but not with Jollibee's Longganissa breakfast. I really love how it tastes. It's just the right amount of longanissa sweetness. It doesn't look like it's been killed with saltpeter and it feels like hotdog in my mouth! PERFECT! It's really well worth the cost (well, for me who's a longganissa hater).

My Longganissa's were a little burned, which is exactly how I like it. Cripsy on the outside, soft and juicy on the inside (Chickenjoy?)



Now for the reason why I decided to eat at Jollibee despite the budget constraints, the hot choco. Jollibee's hot choco tastes really good! Of course Mcdonalds taste great as well, but if you're looking for the traditional tablea taste, then Jollibee's the nearest place where you can grab one for cheap. Of course authentic tablea hot chocolate does taste more rich than Jollibee's but for a quick fix, here it is. Everytime I drink hot Jollibee's hot chocolate, I can't help but remember a famouse Noli Me Tangere anecdote. This is Tsokolate Ah, but it still tastes good even if it isn't thick, plus it's served in an orange taza when dining in! YAAAAY ;)

Friday, 29 April 2011

Information Security

It surprises me that a lot of people are giving away their information freely. No regard for their or others' security.

There are a lot of applications now that could pose as a threat. Social networking sites are examples of such applications that could be harmful for you in the long run.

How much are you worth?
Do you know how much companies would pay for information? Even for just simple demographics, like gender, age, location and nationality? Stuff as simple as that, companies would pay millions just to have it. Imagine how much information we put on our profile sheets in social networks? We put in our schools, our hobbies, pretty much everything about ourselves. Such information can be used by companies to make marketing strategies; to check how much of the market they have penetrated; to see which demographic (such as social class, gender, school, age, etc) would be most likely to buy their products. Which demographics would they target their ads and their products to. Imagine how much they would earn in profit if they properly market their wares. Much much more that how much they'll pay for your information.

Sure, nothing's wrong with having targeted ads. It's how a company will earn money. It's just like TV ads, right? WRONG! Maybe it's just a little soft. No real damage is done, you'll also benefit by finding stuff that you want easily, but, would you really want these companies to know much information about you? Remember, people operate these companies. People in the company have access to your information. They can pull your record out, find out who you are, where you live, how to contact you, what your hobbies are, and worse, how you look like.

Paranoia? Maybe.
There's this app that I really find preposterous. It's an app (webapp) that let's you post information about where you are. Don't people see the dangers of letting the whole world know where you are? You could be feeding information to stalkers. And it's not limited to this webapp either. People use microblogs and social networks to post where they are at the precise moment. People can use this information against you. Companies could also put this to use. They can send targeted ads to you again. Since they know where you are, your phone or laptop can be bombarded with targeted ads. Like this shop is near you, etc.

Advertisements
You may be wondering why I keep on going back to companies that do targeted advertisments. Well, their the biggest threat. It's the most possible users (or rather, it's already happening) that will exploit your information. These marketing strategies are a little scary for me, because they'll know how to convince you to buy, to spend your money. You're thinking that you did that on your own. You decided to buy something, but in reality, these companies have conditioned your mind into buying.

A Way Out
I know what you're thinking. "I don't have that kind of threat because I only share information with my friends". That's a LIE. Unless you know all your followers on twitter, your friends in fb, 4sq, myspace, friendster, ym, tumblr, plurk, etc, which I doubt, you're not safe. You can't be so sure that your information isn't in jeopardy.

You should make it a habit to read any webapp's (or website's) ToS (Terms of Service) and Privacy Policy. Both are equally important, but for the purposes of this blog, I would stress that you read the PRIVACY POLICY! A privacy policy is where the organization behind the webapp tells you what they do with your information, what they'll install on your computer (yes, browsing alone installs something in your computer, such as cookies and trackers), etc. Sometimes it's also stated in the ToS about what they'll do with your information. They should have a clause for not selling nor sharing your information. Make sure that it's stated. Otherwise your information would be sold or shared.

Of course, there's still a way around that ToS and PP, but it's still a way of safeguarding your info.

I hope y'all be more careful about your information.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

What is love?

I really am not in the mood to go into full blogging mode so here's just a few snippets off my brain on how I view love, or how to love me?:

  1. I know that I love you because I decided to stay even if I have fallen out of love
  2. Love is not a feeling. It's a choice; and I chose you.
  3. I love you not because I need you, but because I want you.
  4. Don't tell me that you're sacrificing a lot for me. It's like your blaming me for your self inflicted pain. I'd rather you say, "I love making you happy"
  5. On the note of sacrifice, I don't sacrifice. It's either I want to to make you happy/at ease, I don't want to, or I'll compromise, but never ever ever sacrifice.
  6. I do expect you to know that "Ok lang" means it's not okay at all.
  7. When I'm quiet, there is something terribly terribly wrong. I'm boisterous. I rarely shut up
  8. When I'm enraged, that would be the best time to hug me, kiss me forehead and tell me you love me, even if I struggle and try to punch your face
  9. When I say I want something out of the blue, I really want it, and I want to enjoy it with you
  10. I love hugs and cuddles and snuggles. Remember, I'm a kitten ^o_o^
  11. I love to tickle, poke and bite. You have to get used to it, or else!
  12. I'm not the type that follows something blindly. The more you try to control me, the more I pull away, the more I make your hairs stand on end
  13. I'm like a truffle. I'm hard on the outside but gooey on the inside, and above all, I'm heavenly!
  14. There is a huge difference between I love you and Mahal kita.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Responsible Parenting and Prescription Condoms

I first heard about this in my favorite radio program "The Morning Rush" in RX93.1. They have this segment in the radio station called "News @17" where the DJs give various news on the 17th minute of every hour.

Again this is one of those, am i allowed to say stupid rules that people make up. Even the pop approves of condom use (in certain circumstances). What's the deal with these lawmakers anyway? It's not like condoms can harm the guy, nor the girl. Prescription is needed for drugs that may have dangerous side effects. What's so dangerous in a condom? Will you use it to strangle someone?

In the risk of being excommunicated, yeah I think the Philippine Church is wrong in condemning contraceptives, especially condoms.


Abortion What?

I still don't understand why preventing the sperm cells from reaching the egg cell is abortion. Last time I checked, abortion is not synonymous to prevention.


Cause and Effect

One problem facing the Philippines is poverty, and if you haven't noticed, the number of the poor is increasing; and if you haven't where have you been living in the past 10 years? I believe that the reason why we are so poverty-stricken is because we have too much poor people who are popping out babies like there's no tomorrow.

Aside from the fact that politicians keep on stealing our tax money, the rest of the money that's put to legitimate use are mostly spent on subsidizing for the poor, especially when it's nearing elections. If we had fewer poor people, then we don't have to subsidize as much. Politicians wouldn't appear as though they're doing everything they can to help the poor, just because the poor gets them the votes. (Hey corrupt politicians, shouldn't you be making the lives of those who PAY THE TAXES better than those who don't?). Don't get me wrong, I'm not against the poor, nor their uncontrollable urge to fornicate and get pregnant. All I'm saying here is, the lesser the poor people are, the more we can use the money to advance and improve our nation.


A Not So Slippery Slope

You're probably outraged now about how badly I think of the poor, but here me out first; and remember, this doesn't only apply to the poor, this also applies to the middle class, and every Filipino family who's struggling to make ends meet.

Here goes:

When I was in 4th year college, a rally was hosted by my alma matter regarding RH bill. There was this girl saying that the RH bill is bad because it prevents big families. She says that big families are great. Big families are happy families. I was like "What the hell is this girl saying?". Sure, big families are more fun than smaller families, but that means more expenses, more mouths to feed, more brains to fill, more laundry, more baths, more of everything, and almost everything has a price now. Big families are great, yes, IF you can afford it.

Lessening the number of poor people will of course start with fewer poor kids. Fewer poor kids means that the parents can somehow help their children IQ or EQ growth. Since they can spend more time with each kid. Some could even afford to send their children to a private school.

Children with better IQ and EQ will most probably get scholarships in acclaimed Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, maybe even abroad. Since most people have the "employee" mindset (Get a good education to get a good job), having kids who graduated college is a big help in the family already. Family status upgrade! Country status UPGRADE!


Another Valid Premise, STD

Okay, let's not concentrate on family planning. Let's look at the more humane reason for using condoms, but again, this is just applicable to condoms.

Condoms, as we all know helps in preventing the spread of STDs and STIs. Prostitution and promiscuity is rampant now, people should have a way of protecting themselves. The church can't turn their cheek on this reality. It is really happening. Preventing people to use condoms and risk STD is worse than having all that children to support. At least children and family for the most part, give joy to parents. STDs don't give joy to anyone. It destroys lives. Would the church rather have a very sick society?


The Other Hand

The only thing that I think should be banned are IUDs, I mean, this device can really hurt the girl, and it actually prevents the zygote (fertilized egg) to attach to the uterus, which of course, in itself, already abortion.

I get that the Church wants to accomplish here. They're still trying to keep the people pure, which is great. Though their judgement is really clouded here.

If they want to prevent pre-marital sex, have the law prohibit the selling of condoms to minors, not just the birth control pills and IUDs.

If they want to prevent extra-marital sex, have a law that allows buying of condoms by couple, with their marriage certificate or something. It's really hard to prevent extra-marital sex, and it happens even without condoms.

Laws prohibiting the use of contraceptives doesn't prevent STDs, Pre-marital and extra-marital sex. It will just increase the number of unwanted pregnancies, illegal abortions and people with STDs. What the Church needs to do is to teach the proper values in a way that it will stick to the minds of people. Do what they have to do in their own niche, not meddle in the political aspects of life

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

The Doraemon Syndrome

Last Sunday, during afternoon snack, Papa, my baby brother and I talking. I guess it had been a favorite past time of ours to bully my baby brother and rile him about his weight and his habits, because we eventually started bullying him. (Yes, Papa included). I dunno how we arrived at how my baby brother was like Nobita in Doraemon, but we did. Papa said that my baby brother's very much like Nobita who always regrets things. Papa said that at the start of the story, there's always something that Nobita has to do. As the story progresses, Nobita just carries on with what he wants and not what he's supposed to do, and when he's already in a tight spot, he'll realize his mistake and then turn to Doraemon for help. He'll borrow something or beg Doraemon to do something so that he can get out of the mess, or to fix the mess. Tsk tsk tsk. Nobita full of regrets and then using Doraemon to solve the problem. How very childish.

My baby brother retaliated by defending the show, saying that even if Nobita's like that, it's a good show, which papa countered by saying that it's not a good show at all. It teaches kids shortcuts. Then I remember that I posted somethng before (in Tumblr and FB) about instant gratification.




Instant gratification is very rampant right now. Everybody wants everything, and fast. Imagine how many fast food chains and fast food stand-alones are existing now? Why is ease of communication very important now? Why telco's are providing cheap rates for calling people up. Eveybody wants everything fast.

Instant gratifiction is two sides of a coin. It's both good and bad. It's good because through technological advancements and break-throughs we are now able to do much more. Doing a task that used to require 3 hours to do would now just take you an hour. BAM! Instant gratification at it's finest. Produtivity's getting a really really big boost due to instant gratification :)

On the down-side though, since we've acquired the instant gratiication mentality from being over-exposed to the benefits having having everything and doing everything fast, we tend to apply it in the subjective part of life. We now want our meals to cook faster, we now want our chores to be easier. We want to take the time from the tedious tasks and use the extra time for stuff that are unproductive, like playing for 40 hours on weekends or having your eyes glued on the boob tube until monday morning comes, and what's worse is that somehow, this mentality is slowly creeping up our logical faculties and start clouding our judgement. Young kids now want to do stuff that older kids do. older kids now want to do what teenagers and oung adults do. Teenagers and young adults now want to do what adults do. Thankfuly though the adults now don't want to do what old people do.

If you see the Y and Z generation now, you'll see what I mean.

It used to be that kids want to stay outdoors and play in the sun. It's such a chore to make them go back in the house to eat, to rest, to sleep, and especially to take a bath. They're always outside playing. They smell like they rolled on the pavement or somewhere putrid when they come home. Now kids are indoors playing with the computer or watching tv.

It used to be that teens stay indoors and talk to their prospective crushes or hang around with their friends, during DAYLIGHT. Now they go out at night and party, drink beer.

Young adults, sure they still go out and party, but now it's like they want to fornicate everywhere when drunk. They spend money like there's no tomorrow. You can see them owning the latest trends, just because they can and they want to. When it used be that you can only do that when you're kids have already graduated and you're enjoying your pension or salary by yourself/with your spouse.

Life's on the fast lane for everyone, and I bet like Nobita we'll be regretting living fast when we reach that age wherein you'd wish you were younger, or you'd wish that you did this and that. I bet mid-life crisis is worse for Generation Y and Z, and the worse part is, there's no Doraemon to save the day.